Whither microblogging?

I never actually considered Twitter to be a microblogging platform, at least not for my own purposes.

At its most basic level your Twitter profile fits that brief (a reverse chronological list of short posts from a single author) but the lack of true ownership and the overarching social aspect meant I could never really see it as such.

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Whither microblogging?

Posting with Workflow

While waiting for the Micro.blog app to launch I thought I’d take a different approach with posting now that the site itself is largely sorted.

My main posting routine from Ulysses is largely set in stone, incorporating a mixture of Phoenix and Enlight for editing images but this is a bit overkill for microblogging. I also wanted to automate the selections specific to microblog posts.

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Posting with Workflow

Blogs are thrivingComments

If there’s one thing that backing the Micro.blog Kickstarter has taught me it’s that blogging is really holding its own.

The enthusiasm for self-hosted, independent blogging (beyond microblogging) is amazing and the range of available platforms, from CMS style set-ups to static site generators all of which I was unaware, is diverse.

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Blogs are thriving

Pioneer spiritComments

I used to be an early adopter, I was among the first to put my name down for anything.

I joined Twitter early before hardly anyone even knew what it was, or what it could be. I signed up for every clone that came after and virtually every other service that appeared.

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Pioneer spirit

Is federated microblogging about to become a reality?

Way back in 2008 Dave Winer wrote “Microblogging should be decentralized” arguing that reliance on a single, for profit platform such as Twitter was a bad idea.

Admittedly, this was against the backdrop of the fail whale but the idea of a federated service seemed sound – the catch would be that Twitter would have to enable it and build the required tools (or allow developers to build them and we all know how that went!)

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Is federated microblogging about to become a reality?